With a focus on the Canadian and British Columbian avant-garde, Vancouver’s post-war art history, and emerging local artists, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia holds one of the largest public collections of art in the province with some 3,250 works of art dating from the eighteenth century to the present.
The development of the collection predates the gallery. From the 1920s to the 1990s, the University received donations and commissioned portraits. In 1991, the UBC Fine Arts Gallery began to oversee the University Art Collection. Since 1995, when the Fine Arts Gallery was rededicated the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the Collection has developed considerably through a program of selected donations and the purchase of significant works of contemporary art produced by Canadian and international artists. The Collection is a valuable resource for students, researchers, and the general public.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, Morris & Helen Belkin Foundation, our Belkin Curator’s Forum members, and our donors who have generously gifted works of art to the collection or supported acquisition purchases. The Belkin’s Online Collection project was made possible with support from the UBC Faculty of Arts.
One of the highlights of the Belkin Art Gallery’s Collection is a significant body of work by British Columbian artist, Jack Shadbolt (1909–1998). Over 490 collages, drawings, paintings, and prints dating from 1938 to 1998 are now available through www.shadbolt.belkin.ubc.ca . Featured as a stand-alone site, Jack Shadbolt: Works from the Collection includes essays about the work of Shadbolt by art historian Robert Linsley and by Scott Watson, Director and Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Shadbolt is British Columbia’s most recognizable artist after Emily Carr. At the core of the Jack Shadbolt Collection are 320 drawings that were chosen by Shadbolt himself to represent his seventy year career.
Jack Shadbolt: Works from the Collection has been made possible with funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program through the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at The University of British Columbia.